Now in its third century, the University offers 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. More than 29,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students learn from a faculty of 3,600.
It’s quite an understatement to say students at UNC—Chapel Hill are proud of their school. One calls it his “dream school,” while another calls it the “perfect mixture of academics, sports, and social life.” Although its relative low cost makes UNC a great bargain in higher education, academic rigor doesn’t take a back seat, and the vast majority of students say it’s one of the main reasons they chose the school. The journalism, business, public health, and nursing programs are ranked among the best in the country, but the students hail the overall arts and sciences curriculum because it creates well-rounded adults who “can handle any intellectual obstacle.” In describing the instructors, students use words like “world-class,” “brilliant,” and “incredible,” while also noting that they’re “warm,” “welcoming,” and “passionate” about their work and their students.
With nearly 18,000 undergrads, UNC is large enough that students rarely are lacking for something to do. UNC produces some of the top athletes and teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA. Varsity teams compete in 13 men’s and 15 women’s sports.